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Press Release: RTÉ Investigates Update

August 1, 2019

Early Childhood Ireland remains deeply concerned about the multiple issues raised in the RTÉ Investigates programme on crèches, which aired last week.

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SAC Consultation Update

July 9, 2019

Early Childhood Ireland responded to DCYA's public consultation on regulations and a quality improvement framework for school age childcare by completing the online survey and a written submission.

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EYES Update 11 June 2019

June 11, 2019

In this week's update, we have information on the contracting stage of the National Childcare Scheme. We also have advice on summer outings, and how to claim reimbursements for FAR training.

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SAC Consultation Events

May 22, 2019

As you will be aware the Department of Children and Youth Affairs have launched a public consultation on the future regulations and quality improvement frameworks for school-aged childcare. Early Childhood Ireland is hosting four regional events for our members to discuss the questions raised in the consultation document.

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Early Childhood Ireland welcomes news 800,000 children have benefited from ECCE programme

May 8, 2019

Early Childhood Ireland has welcomed figures showing that 800,000 children have benefited from the ECCE preschool programme since 2010. The figures were released yesterday by the Department of Children and Youth Affairs.

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National Childcare Scheme

April 2, 2019

Staff from Early Childhood Ireland received very worthwhile training from Pobal last week on the forthcoming National Childcare Scheme, so our Support Point colleagues are ready, willing and able to reply to members’ queries by telephone: 01 405 7103 or email.

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Support Point Update 26 March 2019

March 26, 2019

We look at the recruitment and selection process. We also highlight the Capital Grants deadline and look at the newly announced programme support payment from the DCYA. Member login required

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Support Point Update 12 March 2019

March 12, 2019

In this week's update we look at workplace well-bring in relation to mental health. We also cover public procurement and conflicts of interest for capital grant submissions, and ways to prevent accidents in your setting. 

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Capital Grant applications now open

February 26, 2019

The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone announced the opening of applications for the 2019 Early Learning and Care and School Age Capital programmes on Monday 25th February.

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Support Point Update 12 February 2019

February 12, 2019

This week, our update covers management of frequent absences, facilities required in a setting if there are children sleeping, and Capital Grants 2019.

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